How did Canberra win the title of the most liveable city in the world?

Posted 19 Jul 2017

Story by CBR Canberra

Have you ever imagined how it would feel to live somewhere that offers all the perks of big city living without the hassles of traffic congestion, noise and pollution? Well, that’s a reality when you live in Canberra.


Australia’s capital city has been ranked as having the best quality of life in the world, and it’s not just because of our traffic-free commutes to work (although, we are pretty happy with that!)

Being a planned city means Canberra’s roads and transport corridors have been purposely built to facilitate free-flowing traffic.  You can get almost anywhere in the capital within 30 minutes, which leaves  a lot more time to spend enjoying yourself!

Over 70 per cent of the ACT is made up of open space, which has earned Canberra its nickname, the “Bush Capital”. Most people living in Canberra need only walk a short distance from their front door to access the city’s vast nature reserves and bushlands. It’s a big reason why Canberrans rank so highly on health and wellbeing measures.

Whether it’s hiking or cycling, within minutes you can be away from the city centre and out exploring the surrounding bushlands and mountains with a plethora of scenic hiking trails and off-road path networks.


Ranked as the third cleanest city in the world by the World Health Organisation, fresh air is another attribute that makes Canberra so liveable. Not to mention the water here is arguably the best in the country.

Canberra is home to many leading universities and tertiary institutions, some of them among the top in Australia and the world. Also known as the “Clever Capital”, we have the most tertiary qualifications per capita than anywhere else in the Southern Hemisphere and boast the country’s best educated workforce.

With our “Clever Capital” status comes the highest average full-time earnings in Australia at more than $90,000 per year – well above the Australian average.


Unemployment is consistently low in the capital, and Canberrans are renowned for enjoying an elusive work/life balance that can be so difficult to get in bigger cities.

As the national capital, Canberra also houses some of Australia’s most iconic cultural attractions, including the National Portrait Gallery, the Australian War Memorial and the National Gallery of Australia (which all have free entry!).


So, if you’re looking for the excitement and vibrancy of a big city, but without the pollution and traffic jams, then come and explore Canberra. It might just be the alternative you’re after.

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